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US visa policy won't affect students going abroad for study: Dipu Moni

Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni said the US visa policy will not affect the students who want to study at US universities.

She also said the government is not feeling any pressure because of the visa restrictions imposed on some Bangladeshis.

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She made the remark while talking to the journalists after the inauguration ceremony of the 50th National Summer Sports Competition in Sylhet this afternoon.

"The [US] visa policy will not affect students going abroad [for studies]. Because they want our students to go to their country. Many of their universities depend on foreign students' fees," the minister said.

She also said, "The government is not feeling any pressure. We are committed to conducting a free, fair, neutral and transparent election under the leadership of Bangabandhu's daughter Sheikh Hasina."

The minister added, "We have an independent Election Commission, and it will conduct the election. According to the constitution, the government will give full support to the commission and the people of Bangladesh will elect their next government through a free and fair election."

Washington on September 22 said it had begun applying the visa restrictions the US announced on May 24 this year. It said it imposed visa restrictions on members of law enforcement, the ruling party, and the political opposition.

On May 24 this year, the US said it would impose visa restrictions on individuals and their immediate family members "if they are responsible for, or complicit in, undermining the democratic election process in Bangladesh".